SF & Fantasy

Cage Match 2012: Round 3: Anomander Rake versus Bast

The Contestants


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Anomander Rake
Son of Darkness, Knight of High House Dark, Mane of Chaos, Blacksword
Age: Three hundred thousand years, give or take a century
Race: Tiste Andii
Weapons / Artifacts: Dragnipur, the night-bladed sword containing the Gate of Darkness
A metric Warren-load of magic


Age: Unknown
Race: Fae creature
Weapons / Artifacts: Doesn’t seem to need any
Gets others to attack you to “bring out the best in you”

The Breakdown


  • Combat experience stretching back longer than most religions
  • Ability to shape-shift into a dragon
  • Moon’s Spawn, a floating fortress

  • Incredibly charming
  • Faster and stronger than you’d expect
  • Might have picked up a thing or two from Kvothe

  • We’re guessing boredom at having to face such weak characters

  • Softness for the ladies and his master


How we think the fight will go

The dragon cocked its head for a moment, and then, rather suddenly, a large, dark man with silvery-white hair was standing in its place.

“That should have worked.”

Bast shrugged.

“No, seriously,” Rake said. “You don’t have any abilities that I know of that would prevent you from being devoured by a dragon.” He shook his head. “Then again, you should have been destroyed when I cut you in two with my sword.”

“Or that fireball thing you did on me.”

“Exactly!” Rake looked around. “What’s going on?”

“I think you might have answered your own question,” Bast said.

“How so?”

“Well…you said I don’t have any abilities that you know of that would keep me alive. And yet…”


“Well, what about the abilities you don’t know about?”

“But you don’t have any! That’s my point.”

“That you know of,” Bast repeated. “Who knows what’s going to be revealed in the next book.”

“But…but…,” Rake spluttered. He stopped, realizing this was probably the first time he had ever “spluttered.” He regained his composure. “So what do we do now?”

“I think some other guys did a coin toss—want to do that?”

Rake sighed. “Do…,” he sighed again. “Do you have a coin?”

“Right here,” Bast said, holding it up. “Heads or tails?”

Rake shrugged. “Heads.”

Bast flipped the coin…

Predicted Winner: ???*


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Anomander Rake is a character from the The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson; Bast is a character from the Kingkiller Chronicles series by Patrick Rothfuss

Rake image courtesy of Michael Komarck and Subterranean Press. Bast image courtesy of ~YasminaMihaylovna

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Cage Match fans: We are looking forward to hearing your responses! If possible, please abstain from including potential spoilers about the books in your comments (and if you need spoilers to make your case, start your comments with: “SPOILER ALERT!”


*Rumor is that a Bast/Zaphod match-up could result in a Patrick Rothfuss write-up…

106 Responses to “Cage Match 2012: Round 3: Anomander Rake versus Bast”

  1. Abyss says:

    Three things:

    1) Tnx muchly for the compliments. They mean a lot, especially when i’m dabbling with characters created by seriously talented authors. At 2am. From memory. Without a spell-check, proof reader or source book in sight.

    2) At root, this sort of thing is a popularity contest to an extent, but even so i don’t agree with the ‘Rake is a powerhouse so it’s unfair’ pov. Last cage match, Jaime Lannister beat Cthulhu. On any face-to-face basis, that can’t happen. Tentacle-face could eat a hundred Jaime Lannisters. But go read the write-up by GRRM himself no less. Jaime wins there through some judicious use of brains and Tyrion. Underdogs beat powerhouses all the time in fantasy lit. It’s a staple of the genre (and gods’ vulnerability to mortals is actually a key element in the Malazan books). It’s not rocket science to come up with a workable resolution to virtually any cage match (unless of course the character involved actually uses rockets, in which case it IS rocket science). Do i think Rake should win? Absolutely. He’s the more interesting, developped and powerful character, altho Bast is one of my favourite parts of the KCs. But ffs, we’re talking about fantasy here… NOTHING is impossible.
    3) I can’t match Patrick Rothfuss, but if Rake advances i WILL take a shot at a write-up of whatever his next match-up is. So there. :)

  2. sacredhonour says:


    That was a great write-up.

  3. Marler says:

    Abyss all the way!

  4. dpomerico says:

    @Abyss: Want to write up the next match? e-mail me at spectratwitterfb@gmail.com

  5. kelly says:

    How did Bast beat The Seeker??? As much as i love Bast he would not have beat Richard Rahl! He is a Rahl after all!!

  6. Vestrian says:

    Great, letting Rake win you just prove the evil of the world:

    Sorry, I might understand the disappointment, but that’s hardly a surprise, and that reaction is just too good…

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